COVID19: No Chinese Doctor Tested Positive—Minister


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has reacted to some rumor making the rounds that one of the Chinese doctors who came into Nigeria recently has tested positive to coronavirus.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who is aso a member of the task force debunked this claim during Wednesday’s daily media briefing by the task force in Abuja.

The Minister urged Nigerians to discard reports about the government’s efforts to tackle  COVID-19, which did not emanate from the daily briefings of the task force or the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“This morning, there was a message that went viral, to the effect that one of the Chinese doctors tested positive and that news was supposed to have emanated from the Twitter handle of the federal government. I want to say, to the best of our knowledge here, there’s no such thing.

“I’ve also just received two hate dramas and other fake news while I was sitting here, which I’ve been unable to open. But we will continue always to debunk fake news and we’ll try our best to timely give you information about the COVID-19, either through our daily press briefings or through the website of the NCDC and the task force”, he said.